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Peter Anderson | Nov, 06 2012 | 0 Comments

The infamous Meteor Bentley - as seen on a certain British motoring program - has been put up for sale by its owner.

Based on a 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom II chassis, it isn't really a Bentley but was instead engineered to feel like a pre-war Bentley by Bob Petersen Engineering, famed for its inter-war styled creations.

Alwyn Sambrook of the The Telegraph wrote in 2011 that the car sounded like "The Book of Revelation," such is the incredible noise.

The engine is out of one of the most famous aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire.

Powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12, the Spitfire was instrumental in the Battle of Britain and the defence of the British Isles against the German war machine.

In the Meteor, the 27-litre V12 left Petersen Engineering barking out around 660hp (626kW) and 2166Nm - Spitfire pilots had 1096kW at their disposal before the Merlin was displaced by the 1528kW Griffon.

In its curret spec, the seller says it is producing closer to 635kW, but doesn't give a torque figure.

The Meteor is a hefty 6.3 metres and houses a gigantic 400 litre tank to feed the bent twelve's 80l/100km thirst. So the range is a paltry 500km.

The car bears a genuine 1930s registration plate of GJ 400 and is fully street-legal. It even has fuel injection and electronic ignition fitted.

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The engine package also features twelve exhausts and 24 spark plugs.

The V12 takes 57 litres of oil, which must be circulated by spinning the engine on the starter before the ignition is switched on. A further 16 litres must be poured into the four speed Allison automatic.

Keeping everything from overheating is 64 litres of coolant.

If the new owner were game (or crazy) enough, the Meteor is said to be capable of 260km/h, and some modern niceties such as four wheel disc brakes and power steering should help save you from a nasty crash.

However, we're pretty sure the traditional ash frame won't do too well on the ANCAP crash test.

The selling agent is Coys, a company specialising in selling strange and unusual cars. Off the record, the firm told US website Motor Authority that any offers less than £500,000 ($A770,000) would be politely refused.

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